Tommy Fleetwood relishing home test at BMW PGA Championship

Tommy Fleetwood is relishing the opportunity to test his game on home soil as he aims to build on a strong start to the year at the BMW PGA Championship.

The Race to Dubai champion heads to Wentworth in good form after following an early-season victory in Abu Dhabi with five top-20s in his last seven worldwide starts.

Fleetwood missed the cut in last year’s event and struggled to 69th place the year before but registered a tied-sixth finish in 2015, with the world No 12 confident of performing well again on the West Course.

“I feel comfortable on the course and feel like it suits me,” Fleetwood told a pre-tournament press conference. “There may be the odd tee shot that doesn’t quite fit my eye and it just so happens that the last couple years, I’ve had poor performances.

“One of those years, 2016, was like a bit of a write-off, but last year I came in on good form and I didn’t quite produce the golf that I wanted to.

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“I love playing in front of the home crowd that we get here for us, being English and British. You never know how you’re going to play, but like the course and I’ve always felt like it is one of those tournaments that I could do well at.”

Fleetwood currently sits inside the Ryder Cup automatic qualification places, although is trying to put thoughts about a potential European debut to one side ahead of a busy summer.

“I’m desperate to play in The Ryder Cup, but the more you think about it and the more you put too much pressure on yourself to make it,” Fleetwood added.

“If I was to go out and start on Thursday with a couple of bogeys and you’re thinking about the Ryder Cup in September, it’s only going to add pressure.

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“I’m still massively kind of trying to improve my game in different areas and every day I try and do that, and every week I try and win a golf tournament. Come September, hopefully that all results in me being part of that Ryder Cup team.”

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